Marina Rodriguez


Stuns Amanda Ribas on Fight Island
January 23, 2021
Rodriguez defeated Amanda Ribas via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of Round 2 at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
The main knock on Rodriguez is that she's a one-dimensional striker. That may very well be true, but her technique on the feet is excellentt, her power is legitimate and that previously-mentioned power made short work of Ribas in Round 2. While the finish was amazing, Rodriguez clearly lost Round 1. She gave up a takedown 90 seconds into the fight and spent the entire rest of the frame plastered to the mat. It's difficult to believe the result would have been any different if Ribas was able to get top position once again, but it never materialized. This impressive performance aside, enough questions remain surrounding Rodriguez's all-around game to label it a stretch to consider herself a legitimate title challenger at this point. We need to see more. At the very least, she'll walk away with an extra $50,000 after getting awarded Performance of the Night honors.
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Stepping in to fight Ribas
December 8, 2020
Rodriguez will face Amanda Ribas in a strawweight bout at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, reports.
Ribas was originally slated to matchup with Michelle Waterson, but she was forced to withdraw for unspecified reasons. Rodriguez is coming off the first loss of her MMA career at the hands of Carla Esparza at UFC Fight Night in July, so she'll try to get back on track against Ribas.
Suffers first pro loss
July 25, 2020
Rodriguez lost to Carla Esparza via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It's the first loss of Rodriguez's professional MMA career. A striker by trade, Rodriguez had some trouble with the grappling of Esparza. She landed some nasty elbows from the bottom and was clearly the more effective fighter on the feet, but overall she spent too much time being controlled on the mat. The 30-27 scorecard in favor of Esparza is pretty bad, but the judges appeared to get this one correct. There are concerns about the Brazilian's cardio in addition to her all-around game. The talent here is evident, but Rodriguez has some work to do before she can be considered a legitimate contender at 115 pounds.
Esparza fight back on
July 6, 2020
Rodriguez's scheduled strawweight matchup against Carla Esparza has been pushed back to July 25 on Fight Island, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
This was a matchup originally scheduled for July 15 but later scrapped following a positive COVID-19 test from a member of Rodriguez's corner. Operating under the assumption that the fighters and remaining teammates have all tested negative, it looks like the UFC will keep same location but push the date back 10 days. Rodriguez is currently listed as approximately a (-150) betting favorite for the matchup.
Fight off July 15 card
July 3, 2020
Rodriguez's scheduled bout versus Carla Esparza has been removed from the July 15 card after one of Rodriguez's corners tested positive for COVID-19, reports.
Neither Rodriguez nor Esparza has tested positive for the virus, but the UFC has decided to remove her from the Friday charter flight as a precaution to avoid a larger spread. It's unclear exactly when she'll be back in the Octagon but it may not be very long if she avoids the bug.
Taking on Esparza in July
June 3, 2020
Rodriguez is set to fight Carla Esparza in a strawweight bout July 15, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Rodriguez was previously scheduled to face Claudia Gadelha in early May, but the event was one of many canceled due to coronavirus. She remains an unbeaten 12-0-2 in her professional career, while Esparza is coming off a victory over Michelle Waterson and has won her past three fights.